Lady Cats tennis defeats future Southland foe Sam Houston State, Men's team splits

POSTED: 8:22 PM Feb 02 2013   UPDATED: 10:50 PM Feb 02 2013
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Abilene Christian's third-ranked women's tennis team outlasted NCAA Division I Sam Houston State of the Southland Conference, 6-1, Saturday morning to improve to 2-1 on the season.

bilene Christian's third-ranked women's tennis team outlasted NCAA Division I Sam Houston State of the Southland Conference, 6-1, Saturday morning to improve to 2-1 on the season.

The Wildcats (2-1) swept all three doubles matches and captured five of six singles competitions. Three of those singles victories were comeback efforts provided by at No. 2 singles over Sheridan Currie, at No. 3 vs. Natalie Petaia, and at No. 4 against Maddie Mortimore.

Top-ranked Wildcat and senior all-America beat the Bearkats (0-3) No. 1 Imke Jagau, 6-1, 6-2, and at No. 6 senior held off Kayla Stevenson, 6-1, 7-5.

In doubles, ACU won 8-3 at the No. 1 and 2 spots, while and had to defeat Stevenson and Jagua in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (6).

The Wildcats make their home debut next weekend vs. Trinity and Oklahoma Christian.

Tennis Match Results
Abilene Christian vs Sam Houston State
Feb 02, 2013 at Huntsville, Texas


Abilene Christian 6, Sam Houston State 1
Doubles competition:

1. / (ACUW) def. Nadia Dubyanskaya/Tanya Postnikova (SHSU) 8-3
2. / (ACUW) def. Sheridan Currie/Natalie Petaia (SHSU) 8-3
3. / (ACUW) def. Imke Jagau/Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) 8-7 (8-6)

Singles competition:
1. (ACUW) def. Imke Jagau (SHSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. (ACUW) def. Sheridan Currie (SHSU) 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
3. (ACUW) def. Natalie Petaia (SHSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4. (ACUW) def. Maddie Mortimore (SHSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Tanya Postnikova (SHSU) def. (ACUW) 6-2, 6-4
6. (ACUW) def. Kayla Stevenson (SHSU) 6-1, 7-5

Match Notes:
Abilene Christian 1-1
Sam Houston State 0-3
T-4:14  A-47

The ACU Wildcats split a pair of matches Saturday at the ACU Indoor Invitational as the 11th-ranked Wildcats beat Trinity before losing to Oklahoma Christian.

The Wildcats (1-1) will be back in action late next week when they go on a road trip to Kentucky and Tennessee where they will play five matches in a span of three days.  Their first two matches will be Thursday agianst Southern Indiana and Murray Sate in Murray, Ky.

ACU opened Saturday's play with a 6-3 win over the Tigers of Trinity University, ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division III men's tennis team.  The 11th-ranked Wildcats fell behind 2-1 after doubles play, but won five of six singles matches to pull out the victory.

ACU's Hans Hach knocked off Aaron Skinner at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-2, to get the Wildcats' roll started.  Alfredo Desiati won at No. 2 singles, followed by Borja Cortes at No. 3, Guilherme Gesser at No. 4 and Marco Bensley at No. 6.

The Wildcats dropped a 7-2 decision to Oklahoma Christian, the No. 1 team in NAIA men's tennis.  OCU won two of three doubles matches with the Wildcats' only win coming at No. 1 where Hach and Cortes -- the No. 3-ranked team in NCAA Division II men's tennis -- knocked off OCU's duo of Bruno Tiberti and Martin Poboril, 8-2.

The Eagles then ripped off five wins in singles play to take the win.  ACU's only win in singles play came at No. 3 where Desiati beat Josip Smoljan, 3-6, 6-3 (12-10).

Information provided by ACU athletics department.